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  • Zimbabwe: Racist Land Policies Fatal for Economy, Warn Analysts

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/11/01 Analysts have described a government policy pronouncement which provides for long term leases to black farmers and short term ones for their white counterparts as discriminatory and bad for the economy. Under the arrangement, the remaining 400 farmers will be issued with five year leases while their counterparts receive 99 year bankable leases. Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora as well told chiefs on Saturday that all partnerships with whites, should black farmers consider them, must be approved by his ministry.
  • Africa's Economic Future Depends on Its Farms

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 At the same time as the economies of Nigeria and South Africa recently rebounded, it wasn't oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and additional sustainable agricultural increase is crucial not only to the continent's economy, but as well to its ability to feed and employ its surging people. Agriculture still accounts for a quarter of gross domestic product and as much as two-thirds of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, agricultural increase has the biggest impact on non-farm gain and reducing poverty.
  • Zimbabwe's evicted white farmers dispute government compensation claims

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/07/22 White Zimbabwean commercial farmers who were driven off their land during President Robert Mugabe's controversial land seizures are disputing claims by the finance minister that they got $134 million in compensation last year. Zimbabwe grabbed world headlines in 2000 at the same time as supporters of 93-year-old Mugabe invaded white-owned farms and evicted their owners, often violently. Mugabe defended the seizures as necessary to redress colonial exploitation.
  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe's Fresh Land Grab Threats 'Are Racist, Nonsensical'

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/06/07 Zimbabwe's major opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led by Morgan Tsvangirai has castigated President Robert Mugabe over his recent threats to embark on fresh land grabs targeting the few remaining white commercial farmers in the southern African country. Mugabe, 93, on Friday said that white commercial farmers who still remained on the farms should be removed from their properties because most Zimbabweans were in need of land. The nonagenarian said this while addressing thousands of his ruling Zanu-PF party supporters in the farming town of Marondera, about 80km east of the capital Harare.
  • South Africa’s agriculture industry rallies after drought

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/04/06 Signs of a brighter outlook come next a lengthy drought, which has significantly pushed down production in the completed three years and continues to impact much of the eastern part of the continent and the Horn of Africa. Welcome rains in late summer and autumn brought some respite for South Africa’s agricultural producers towards the end of 2016, helping to boost yields and improving the chances of recovery next a two-year contraction. While still in marginally negative territory, the sector registered its smallest quarterly contraction in two years in the fourth quarter of 2016, paving the way for bigger harvests and a stronger performance this year.
  • South Africa to limit farm sizes to speed land redistribution

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2016/05/22 South Africa's government is planning to impose limits on farm sizes to free up parcels of land to hand over to blacks, a minister said on Saturday, giving an insight into the workings of a divisive redistribution scheme. Gugile Nkwinti, the minister of rural development and land reform, told Reuters the government was planning to set a range of limits - from a 1,000-hectare (2,470-acre) "small-scale" farm, up to the major allowed, at 12,000 hectares. "If you are a small-scale farm and have 1,400 HA, we will buy the 400, and leave you with your 1,000. We will buy the additional and redistribute it to black people," the minister said.
  • In Central Africa an estimated 80% of cultivated land is worked manually.

    AFRICA, 2015/11/21 Most of sub-Saharan Africa’s economies are dominated by the agriculture sector. On average, agriculture accounts for 32% of gross domestic product and employs 65% of the labour force. In some nations, it contributes over 80% of trade in price and additional than 50% of raw materials to industries. But despite being a crucial sector in a lot of economies, agricultural productivity on the continent is very low. Yields of maize and other staple cereals have typically remained at about one tonne per hectare – about 1/3 of the average completed in Asia and Latin America. During the completed 30 years, the competitiveness of a lot of sub-Saharan Africa export crops has declined and the region’s dependence on imported food crops has increased. In the years ahead, world warming is expected to intensify the current constraints on food production.
  • Winter Maize Gets Lifeline Tagged in Zimbabwe

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/06/07 Lowveld sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has revived winter maize production in Chiredzi, with 329 hectares instantly under development to plant the staple crop. This is part of efforts to mitigate effects of successive crippling droughts experienced across Masvingo in recent seasons. The move by Tongaat followed a request from Government and the Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial leadership led by secretary for production Cde Josaya Hungwe. At least 1 000 tonnes of maize will be produced under the project, with harvesting of the winter crop expected around September this year.
  • Is Southern Africa's Agro-Industry Delivering Food Security?

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/03/19 Has the predominance of the agricultural sector in Southern Africa translated into food and nutrition security in the region? Evidently not! Food security remains a major socio-economic and political challenge in the region with some analysts arguing that food insecurity is a new threat to national security. Agriculture is the dominant economic sector in the SADC regional economy contributing up to 35 % to its GDP. Approximately 70 % of the people in Southern Africa depend on agriculture for food, gain and employment while agricultural commodities and produce are the principal exports in a lot of nations, on average contributing approximately 13 % to total export earnings and 66 % to the price of intra-regional trade.
  • Zimbabwe: Pioneer Scales Down Seed Production

    ZIMBABWE, 2014/11/27 "We are not planting any seeds this farming season because we have enough to supply the country for the next two years," he said. "Our farmers will not have a challenge of seed shortage for the meantime time because we have enough in stock," he said. Mr Myers, however, said the company had increased prices for maize seed by 15 %. "We have not changed prices in the completed three years," he said, adding the liquidity crunch had slowed down sales.